Pennington Biomedical Dieticians: 6 Ways to Have a ‘Berry’ Happy Blueberry Month

July 12, 2023

bucket of blueberrriesFor National Blueberry Month, researchers Cathy Carmichael and Kate Blumberg of Pennington Biomedical’s Dietary Assessment and Nutrition Counseling unit are sharing the health benefits of this “super” food, along with ways to incorporate blueberries into your diet. 

Studies on blueberries have found various health benefits associated with them, including showing that blueberries have properties that help improve factors related to pre-diabetes and decreased inflammation in obese men and women.

“Blueberries are naturally sweet, high in fiber and a good source of Vitamin C. Their rich colors mean they are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients,” Carmichael said. 

Blumberg offered these tips for adding blueberries to any diet:

  1. Throw some blueberries in your cereal, oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast or a snack.
  2. Add them to whole grain muffins, waffles or pancakes.
  3. Pop a handful in your mouth as a healthy snack.  
  4. Add them to a salad with nuts.  
  5. Use them on a peanut butter/nut butter sandwich instead of jelly.
  6. Make a blueberry smoothie.  

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